US Army Base Fort Sill celebrated Halloween this year by loading HIMARS with candy and launching them for the kids.
“How else would you expect us to give children candy on Halloween?” says the tweet of the official Fort Sill account, which posted a video of children running for candy.
How else would you expect us to give children candy on Halloween? FIRE MISSION!!!
🇺🇸 💥 🎃 👻 🍬 🍭 🍫 🍪
💥Blast credit: 1-78 FA#happyhalloween #motivationmonday @178FABN1 @USArmy @TRADOC @6_fires @7Fires3 @USAFAS @U_artillery @75thFA_BDE @434FA_BDE @428THBDE @3ADABDE pic.twitter.com/j8ip6xG4pJ
— US Army Fort Sill (@OfficialFtSill) October 31, 2022
Fort Sill, an Oklahoma base with a population of about 10,000, is home to the US Army Field Artillery School, where soldiers learn to use weapons such as HIMARS. Military bases around the country tend to have their own culture. Soldiers live there with their families and celebrate holidays with other military families. To many in the country, the video of the HIMARS launch with candy will look very strange, but to military families, it is just another day on base.
“HIMARS is an artillery launcher on wheels that has helped Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion. It’s been celebrated in song and praised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. At Fort Sill, the U.S. Army’s 1-78 Field Artillery Battalion loaded a HIMARS up with candy and launched it at a group of costumed children,” writes Vice.
Ukraine has 16 HIMARS systems, and in late September the Pentagon announced it will send 18 more to Kyiv during 2 years period. Like the Javelin, HIMARS has become an iconic weapon on the battlefield in Ukraine. It allowed the country to strike Russian positions and withdraw before the Russian military could strike back. It blows up tanks and fuel depots and outperforms the best artillery that the Kremlin can put on the battlefield.